Dublin to get hybrid double-decker
WRIGHTBUS has secured an order for a second hybrid double-deck bus, to be built for Dublin Bus. The company’s – and the world’s – first hybrid double-decker entered service in London last month. The Dublin vehicle, based on a VDL DB250 underframe, will be similar to that being operated by Arriva in London with a Siemens series hybrid drivetrain and lithium ion batteries.
Wrightbus has also secured an €11.5million (£7.8million) order from Bus Eireann for 48 Eclipse single-deckers on Volvo B7RLE chassis.
Announcing the order last week during a visit to the Wrightbus factory, Irish transport minister Martin Cullen said: "The Wright Group has taken the lead in the development of a range of passenger transport vehicles which feature environmentally friendly advanced hybrid engines. As the taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has said, this announcement is an example of where our new relationship of respect and understanding will promote economic prosperity and development in Northern Ireland, as well as benefit the island as a whole."